This is the third part of a series on eating well while traveling. Today’s segment will is about eating well while staying in a hotel. We have also discussed Eating Well in the Car (packing food) and Eating Well from Fast Food Joints.
Do you struggle to eat well while traveling? It can be difficult but it isn’t impossible even while navigating multiple food allergies and eating a plant-based diet.
Eating Well while Staying in a Hotel
I’m not talking about creating gourmet masterpieces while staying in hotels, I’m talking about eating well enough that you don’t get sick. We usually stay in mid-range hotels when we travel. We usually look for hotels with a microwave, mini fridge and a breakfast buffet. We can’t always get everything we want but it helps to keep us from eating out at every meal.
The last hotel we stayed at had the worse breakfast options I’ve seen at a hotel (that actually serves breakfast). There was no fruit! They had lots of pastries, packets of oatmeal (the kind with flavors and sugar already mixed in), sugary cereal milk, yogurt, a waffle maker, and juice. Had we not been plant-based it would have been ok. If my son wouldn’t have had a wheat/gluten allergy we could have made due with toast or bagels.
Many hotels have great breakfast areas. I’ll list some of the options that I’ve made work in the past. If you or someone you are traveling with has food allergies I would recommend skipping the hotel breakfast area completely due to cross contamination.
- Oatmeal with raisins and walnuts
- Bagels with peanut butter and sliced apples or bananas
- Whole grain cereal that is low on sugar
- If they have an omelet area ask for just the veggies
- Toast with peanut better and fruit
Some hotels have more options, others have less. Since we were concerned for our son’s allergies I packed most the food he ate for breakfast including cereal, rice milk, hot rice cereal (just add hot water), lots of fresh and dried fruit.
Mini Fridge & Microwave Options
- Pre-cooked Rice Bowls
- Instant Soups
- Steam in bag veggies
- Frozen Food (store-bought or homemade)
- Salad from a deli
- Non-dairy yogurt
- Hummus and raw veggies
This is a pretty simple list but we really wants to spend a lot of time cooking when you are traveling. We also had a bag with small sunflower seed butter packets that could be used in a food emergency.
Do you ever find yourself needing to cook in a hotel?
We’ve stayed in places with full kitchen’s and I hated all the time I spend cooking and cleaning. Now I opt for easier and quicker (microwave) cooking methods while on the go.
Do you have a suggestions I may have missed for eating at the hotel?